Keypoint: This week a new bill was introduced in Michigan; the Connecticut bill passed a second committee; Maryland and Kentucky legislatures adjourned without passing bills; Virginia Governor Youngkin signed three VCDPA amendment bills into law; Maine’s House passed a biometric privacy bill; and Delaware lawmakers advanced a data broker bill.
Below is our fourteenth weekly update on the status of proposed state privacy legislation in 2022. Before we get to our update, we wanted to provide two reminders.
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Table of Contents
- What’s New?
- Upcoming Hearings
- CCPA-Like Privacy Bills
- VCDPA Amendments
- Biometric Privacy Bills
- Data Broker Bills
1. What’s New?
It was a busy week.
In Michigan, fifteen House Democrats introduced HB 5989 on April 12, 2022. It was read a first time and referred to the House Committee on Communications and Technology. The bill is similar to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA). It is worth noting that Republicans currently control the Michigan House and Senate.
In Connecticut, Senator Maroney’s SB 6 passed the Joint Judiciary Committee on April 11, 2022, by a vote of 25-14. The bill was referred to the Joint Appropriations Committee.
We also saw bills fail to pass in Maryland and Kentucky. In Maryland, the legislature adjourned on April 11, 2022, without lawmakers passing SB 11 (privacy work group) and HB 259 (biometric privacy). In Kentucky, the legislature closed on April 14, 2022, without lawmakers passing SB 15 and HB 586.
On April 11, 2022, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed three VCDPA amendment bills into law. The VCDPA’s text is now finalized in advance of its January 1, 2023 effective date.
In Maine, LD 1945 – a biometric privacy bill with a private right of action – passed the House on April 15, 2022 by a 89-48 vote. The Maine legislature closes on April 20, 2022.
In Delaware, HB 262 – a data broker bill – passed out of the House Appropriations committee on April 13, 2022.
2. Upcoming Hearings
There are no hearings currently scheduled for this week. Please note that many hearings are scheduled on short notice, and it is possible that hearings could be noticed and held this week.
3. CCPA-Like Privacy Bills
Below is an analysis of the status of proposed bills. For links to these bills, please see our 2022 State Privacy Law Tracker.
Alaska lawmakers are considering three bills – HB 222, HB 159 and SB 116. On February 4, 2022, the Alaska House Labor & Commerce Committee voted HB 159 out of committee. The House Judiciary Committee held hearings on February 7, 2022 and March 18, 2022.
Representative DeGrazia filed HB2790.
Connecticut Senator James Maroney introduced SB 6 on February 23, 2022. On March 15, 2022, the Joint General Law Committee voted 14-4 to advance the bill. On April 11, 2022, the Joint Judiciary Committee voted to advance the bill by a vote of 25-14. The bill was referred to the Joint Appropriations Committee.
District of Columbia
Council Chairman Mendelson introduced B24-0451 at the request of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The bill is based on the Uniform Personal Data Protection Act drafted by the ULC. The bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
The Florida legislature closed on March 11, 2022, without passing a bill.
The Georgia legislature closed on April 4, 2022, without passing a bill.
Hawaii lawmakers introduced four bills: HB 2051, HB2341, SB 2428, and SB 2797. HB 2051 was referred to the House Committees on Higher Education and Technology, Consumer Protection & Commerce, and Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. The House Committee on Higher Education & Technology held a hearing on February 2, 2022 and deferred the bill. SB 2428 and SB 2797 were referred to the Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection, Judiciary, and Ways and Means. HB 2341 was referred to the House Committees on Higher Education and Technology, Consumer Protection & Commerce, and Finance.
The Indiana legislature closed on March 14, 2022, without passing a bill.
Lawmakers introduced HSB 674 and SF2208. The Iowa House passed House File 2506 on March 14, 2022. The bill moved to the Iowa Senate and was assigned to a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee. However, according to the Iowa legislative session timetable, March 18, 2022, was the final date for House bills to be reported out of Senate committees, which did not happen. The Iowa legislature adjourns April 19, 2022.
The Kentucky legislature closed on April 15, 2022, without passing a bill.
On April 5, 2022, Representative Deshotel introduced HB 987 – the Louisiana Consumer Privacy Act. The bill is similar to the Utah Consumer Privacy Act. It was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
The Maine legislature website for LD 1982 reports that the bill is dead.
The Maryland legislature closed on April 11, 2022, without passing a bill.
The Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity passed an amended version of H.142 / S. 46 out of committee on February 1, 2022. The bill is now filed under S.2687 and H.4514 (the Massachusetts Information Privacy and Security Act). On February 14, 2022, S.2687 was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. On March 3, 2022, H.4514 was referred to the Joint Healthcare Finance Committee.
On April 12, 2022, fifteen Michigan House Democrats introduced HB 5989. It was read a first time and referred to the House Committee on Communications and Technology.
Last year, the Minnesota legislature considered HF 1492, sponsored by Representative Steve Elkins. Representative Elkins has not introduced a bill to date. According to the Minnesota legislature’s committee deadlines webpage, the deadline for bills to get out of committee in their house of origin passed on March 25, 2022.
SB 2330 died in committee.
Senator Michael Flood introduced LB 1188 on January 20, 2022. The bill is based on the Uniform Law Commission’s model act. The Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee held a hearing on February 28, 2022. No vote was taken. The Nebraska legislature adjourns April 20, 2022.
As shown on our tracker, New York lawmakers are considering a number of consumer privacy bills in 2022. Of note, the New York Privacy Act (S 6701A / A 680B) was amended and recommitted in early January. On February 8, 2022, the New York Senate Consumer Affairs Committee voted S6701A out of committee. The bill was reported and committed to the Internet and Technology Committee.
In 2021, Senator Joyce Waddell and others introduced SB569, the North Carolina Consumer Privacy Act. The bill was referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate, where it has remained idle. The bill carried over into 2022.
The Ohio Personal Privacy Act (HB 376) was introduced on July 13, 2021 and referred to the House Government Oversight Committee. On February 9, 2022, the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee voted the bill out of committee. On February 16, 2022, the status of the bill was changed to “informally passed.” On February 22, 2022, the bill was re-referred to the Rules and Reference Committee.
On March 23, 2022, the Oklahoma House voted to pass Representative Collin Walke’s HB 2969. If passed, the bill would require businesses to obtain consumer consent for the collection of personal information. The bill was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the Oklahoma legislative calendar, April 14 was the deadline for HB 2969 to make it out of a Senate Committee.
According to Representative Walke, HB 1602, which passed the Oklahoma House last year but stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee and carried over to 2022, is now dead. In addition, Oklahoma Representative O’Donnell introduced HB 3477. The bill is based on the Uniform Law Commission’s model act. It appears that bill also is dead.
Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering three bills.
HB 1126 was introduced in 2021 and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee where it remained idle. The bill will carry over to 2022.
In December 2021, lawmakers introduced a second bill – HB2202. That bill also was referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
Finally, on January 20, 2022, lawmakers introduced a third bill – HB 2257 – which also was referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
The Pennsylvania legislature is open year-round with recesses. It is set to reconvene on April 1, 2022.
On March 22, 2022, the House Innovation, Internet & Technology Committee held a hearing on HB 7400. The committee recommended that the measure be held for further study.
On March 31, 2022, the House State Government & Elections Committee held a hearing on HB7917. The committee recommended that the measure be held for further study.
Lawmakers introduced the South Carolina Biometric Data Privacy Act (H3063) in 2021. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry where it remained idle. The bill carried over to the 2022 session.
On March 15, 2022, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee voted 6-3 against advancing SB 1554 out of committee. The following day, the Banking and Consumer Affairs subcommittee returned HB 1467 to the clerk’s desk. According to the Tennessee legislature’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law” and House Rule 83(2), the bill sponsor would have to appeal to the House Speaker to re-refer the bill. The Tennessee legislature adjourns April 21, 2022.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed the Utah Consumer Privacy Act (SB 227) on March 24, 2022, officially making Utah the fourth state to pass consumer data privacy legislation. Click here to access our 18 minute on-demand webinar on the UCPA.
On January 11, 2022, Representatives Marcotte and Kimbell introduced H.570, which was referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development held a hearing on H.570 on March 16, 2022. Draft language was submitted as part of the meeting materials.
The Washington legislature closed on March 10, 2022, without passing a bill.
The West Virginia legislature closed on March 12, 2022, without passing a bill.
The Wisconsin legislature closed on March 10, 2022, without passing a bill.
4. VCDPA Amendments
On April 11, 2022, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed three Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) amendment bills into law.
5. Biometric Privacy Bills
The following states are considering BIPA-like biometric information privacy bills:
SB 1189 was introduced on February 18, 2022. On April 5, 2022, the Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of the bill. It was read a second time and re-referred to the Appropriations Committee.
HB32 was introduced on January 4, 2022. The bill was withdrawn on February 28, 2022.
Lawmakers in Maine introduced LD 1945. The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on February 22, 2022 and a work session on March 2, 2022. The bill was tabled on March 23, 2022. On April 15, 2022, the House passed the bill by a vote of 89-48. The Maine legislature closes on April 20, 2022.
The Maryland legislature closed on April 11, 2022, without passing a bill.
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering S.220. The bill was assigned to the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. On February 14, 2022, the bill was incorporated into S.2687.
HB 2716 was introduced on February 16, 2022.
The West Virginia legislature closed on March 12, 2022, without passing HB2064.
6. Data Broker Bills
Two states are considering bills to regulate data brokers:
Delaware lawmakers are considering HB 262. On January 25, 2022, the House Technology & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on the bill. The Committee reported the bill favorably out of committee and the bill was assigned to the appropriations committee. On April 13, 2022, the House Appropriations committee passed the bill.
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering S.50. The bill was referred to the Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity Committee. The bill was incorporated into S.2687.
The Oregon legislature closed on March 7, 2022, without lawmakers passing HB 4017.
The Washington legislature closed on March 10, 2022, without passing SB 5813.